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Edmonton,Toronto, Montreal Named Candidate Host City under United 2026 Bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup

While Canada has never hosted the FIFA World Cup™ for men, it has successfully hosted other FIFA competitions at different levels, including the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. This record-setting tournament was held in six cities and provinces from coast to coast across the country. The 1.35 million spectators who attended the newly expanded 24-team competition were responsible for an economic impact of nearly half a billion dollars.

The soccer governing bodies for CanadaMexico and the United States jointly announced on April 10, 2017, that they would pursue a bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The importance of the CanadaUnited StatesMexico relationship is reflected in our strong diplomatic, cultural, educational and commercial relations. Canada remains committed to strengthening its multi-faceted relationship with its North American friends and allies. The collaboration of our three governments in support of the United Bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ is another example of how much our three countries can achieve when we work together toward common goals.

On June 13, 2018, FIFA will announce if United 2026, Morocco, or neither bidder will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Quick Facts

  • The three Canadian candidate host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ are Toronto, Montréal and Edmonton.
  • The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 and the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 helped generate $493.6 million in economic activity for Canada.
  • The Government of Canada is the single largest investor in Canada’s sport system, promoting sport participation among all Canadians and providing support for young athletes, their national and multisport organizations, and the hosting of international events so that our athletes can compete with the best.
  • If the event is awarded to United 2026, the Government of Canada will provide up to $5 million to support continued development of event plans and budgets that will inform future decisions around specific funding for the event.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage